I am inspired to learn about the incredible significance of the Linden to Slovakia and her people. I have craved knowledge of my ancestral homeland my entire life and was finally able to achieve the dream of visiting beautiful Bardejov, Slovakia in 2017. A much shorter journey to connection is also available to anyone who reads "Slovakia The Legend of the Linden". In fact upon finishing this beautiful book, I ordered 5 more to give as Christmas gifts to my sons, sister, brother, and mother. I am a nature enthusiast and have many trees in my yard at home, but the tree that I pass daily coming and going is none other than a Linden. I had no idea of the connection to my ancestral home before reading Dr. Palovic and Dr. Bereghazyova's beautiful book. I marvel at such a "coincidence", now knowing and appreciating its great significance, occurring even at the distance of half a continent and an ocean away. In closing, I look forward to turning my attention to Dr. Zuzana Palovic's second book, "The Great Return", to further enhance that which I crave- knowledge, awareness and connectivity to the land of my beloved grandparents. Thank you to the authors for sharing such a meaningful and heart-warming story!
Chris Monovich - #
Slovakia: The Legend of the Linden is a fully illustrated book about the folklore of the Linden tree, a beautiful tree native to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia which is also the national symbol for both lands. This beautiful book offers an in-depth history of Slovakia based around the Linden tree, or “Lípa” as it is more commonly known in the Slovak language.
It reads almost like a poem, making references and to the tree which is sacred in the Czech and Slovak nations and serves as a representation of strength and perseverance, as it lived through many wars and battles. The Linden tree is not only a symbol for Slovakia though, it is also popular among many other mythologies and can be seen in literature from Germanic, Greek, and Baltic folklore.
The tree itself has been a necessity for the Slovak people though generations. Using its pollen for honey, and its blossoms for healing tea, it can be recognized as a nation emblem for both Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The Linden is a rather large tree that is quaint in appearance and has heart shaped leaves. It is said that every village had one of these trees where people would gather and spend time together, and to this day, it remains highly symbolic to the Slavs.
The book was co-written by Zuzana Palovic and Gabriela Bereghazyova. In it, they dive into the history of both Slovakia and the Linden tree and their connection to one another. It is rather romantic in the way it was written and it is easy to read. Mostly, this is a beautiful book to look at! Every single page of the book is like its own work of art; holding a painting, illustration, or photograph to represent the subject being discussed. Again, this makes it a lovely book not only to read, but also to study and look at if you happen to be interested in visual arts.
My daughters and I loved it and we recommend it as a beautiful gift for anyone interested in Slovakia, the Czech Republic or Slavs!
Kytka Hilmar-Jezek - #
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